Thursday, April 16, 2015

Skywatch Friday 100

Spring comes to the Arboretum . . . .

Blue sky above the Evjue Pines

Looking out over Curtis Prairie

In Gallistel Woods

Look at that beautiful sky!

Magnolia blooms

Magnolia tree beginning to flower

White magnolia against a blue-blue sky

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Thursday Thirteen 276: Spring at the Arboretum

Spring is starting to make its presence known at the UW Arboretum. I attended Sunday's guided "Effigy Mounds" walk, and though a bit blustery, it was a gorgeous day.

Trees and bushes are starting to leaf.

Woodland wildflowers are starting to come up

Look at that beautiful sky!

Cypress knees by the Wetlands Boardwalk

Wetlands Boardwalk

Mr Mallard kept watch while the missus ate

She was really hungry!


Lilacs are budding

The magnolia are starting to bloom

I think you can see the wind ruffling petals in this shot

Another magnolia

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Teaser Tuesday 257: Haunted

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!

This week’s teaser comes from Haunted by Kay Hooper, book 15 in her popular Bishop series. This was a good paranromal thriller -- chapter ten really creeped me out!

The face in the mirror was strange to him, and not only because it was streaked with blood. The blood was the least disconcerting thing he saw, and some deeply buried instinct told him he should have worried a lot more about both the blood and his acceptance of it.

But he didn’t.


Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #15

ow do you make peace with the dead if the dead aren't ready to forgive? In New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper’s new novel, the answer lies in the twisting shadows of a small town, and its secrets yet unearthed...

When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare—and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect.

Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her—and the town—on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute.

Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn't certain who—or what—will be left standing when it’s all over.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Kitty Litter

This is the present I stitched for a friend's birthday. The cat was supposed to be stitched in black, but I change the color to represent her gray kitty. My stitching progress is chronicled below. One of the things I love about these designs is that they can be completed in a week or less.

Day one -- off to a slow start

Day two

Day two close-up

Day three

Day three close-up of corner

Day four

Day five

Day six -- my gray was suddenly not matching, owing to a change
in skeins. I ended up taking it all out and redoing it.

Day seven -- finished, washed, pressed and mounted!

Design from Calico Crossroads
Adapted from the artwork of Kathleen Kelly of Kats by Kelly
Stitched on 14-ct white Aida using DMC 310, 414, and 553

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Skywatch Friday 99

Some of our skies from last week . . .

March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

March 31, 2015

April 01, 2015

April 01, 2015

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Thursday Thirteen 275: Blooming

Flowers are popping up all over these days, and a few trees are also starting to bud. Here are a few photos of a friend’s yard . . .

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